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Notes from the Quad

In recent years, attendees at Yale Divinity School’s Convocation and Reunions listened to a series of acceptance speeches from honorees at the annual Alumni Awards Banquet.  But in 2008 a less formal approach was adopted, and alumni returning to Sterling Divinity Quadrangle Oct. 13-16 were treated to a “conversation” with honorees.  The conversation was part of a broader plan to provide more opportunities for discussion amongst alumni on topical issues.  >Go to story



On a humid, overcast Monday on the first day of Convocation 2008, during the Alumni Tea on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, Yale Divinity School graduates were treated to the first formal glimpse of the portrait of Margaret Farley that now hangs in the Common Room, alongside portraits of other YDS luminaries of decades past.  Artist Gerald York ’81 B.A. spoke about painting Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics.  >Go to story



This year’s Beecher Lectures by biblical scholar and Something Within faith blogger Renita Weems are now available online in their entirety, as are the Shaffer and Cheney Lectures. Krista Tippett ’94 M.Div., creator and host of public radio’s popular Speaking of Faith program, delivered the Cheney Lecture.  Oxford University theologian Christopher Rowland was the Shaffer Lecturer. 
>View the lectures


It is an exciting and dynamic time to be a Yale Divinity School graduate in retirement.  At least that appeared to be the consensus of a “breakout” session on “Life Challenges and Retirement in the 21st Century” held on the second day of Convocation and Reunions 2008.  Conversation flowed around several major points, including ways in which YDS can be constructively and closely involved with alumni in the new, emerging realities of aging and retirement. >Go to story



The end of the 2007-08 school year brought with it the standard graduation of yet another class of Yale Divinity School students—but also the retirement of longtime registrar Detra Mac Dougall, who was feted at the Oct. 14 Alumni Awards banquet along with the four alumni award honorees. “You have been the quiet, stubborn, warm, gifted heart at the center of YDS,” commented Kate Latimer ’85 M.Div. Mac Dougall’s career at YDS spanned 45 years.   >Go to story



A panel of five Yale Divinity School students described contemporary life on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle for alumni on campus at Convocation and Reunions 2008.  During the session, students spoke about the sense of community on the Quad, YDS support of student vocational goals, YDS’s increasingly international outreach, and their “heroes in faith.” >Go to story


The dramatic crisis in the nation’s financial system came to a head just days before the opening of Convocation and Reunions 2008.  Marina Hayman ’09 M.A.R. sought out reaction during the outdoor reception on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle held the first day of the Oct. 13-16 gathering. 

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Jessica Anschutz ¹07 M.Div., is the new chairperson of class agents for Yale Divinity School. As such, she will seek to motivate current agents as they work to cultivate classmates in supporting the YDS Annual Fund, and she will also build the Annual Fund team by recruiting new class agents in cases where an agent might not be assigned. >Go to story



Alumni Award honorees took time during Convocation and Reunions 2008 to share details of their ministries and talk about contemporary faith issues before an audience of alumni gathered in Latourette Hall.  Honorees at the gathering included Timothy Ahrens ’85 M.Div., senior minister at the First Congregational Church (UCC) in Columbus, OH; Cheryl Cornish ’83 M.Div., senior minister at First Congregational Church (UCC) in Memphis, TN; and Bruce Rigdon, ’62 B.D., ’68 Ph.D., former president of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.  >Go to story

Worship services

Among the worship service preachers at Convocation and Reunions were Jeffrey Haggray ’88 M.Div., executive director/minister, District of Columbia Baptist Convention; Scott Black Johnston ’89 M.Div., senior pastor, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City; and Betsy Anderson ’97 M.A.R., associate for pastoral ministry, The Parish of St. Mathew, Pacific Palisades, CA. 
>Betsy Anderson Sermon
>Jeffrey Haggray Sermon
>Scott Black Johnston Sermon



Some 315 alumni and guests attended Convocation and Reunions 2008, making it one of the better-attended in recent years. For the first time, we have created a multimedia slide show capturing some of the sights and sounds at Convocation and Reunions.
>Go to the slide show



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The 2008-2009 Annual Fund campaign is off to a solid start, with alumni contributing $108,919 to date for student financial aid. More support is needed to reach the goal of $410,000 by the end of the fiscal year. YDS continues to increase the amount of scholarship aid as a percentage of tuition, which currently stands at 86 percent, up from 70 percent last year.   With continued strong support for the Fund, YDS hopes ultimately to provide scholarships at a level of 100 percent of tuition.
Make a gift of financial aid online to the Annual Fund:Donate to the Annual Fund



YDS¹s Gifts of a Lifetime initiative can help provide financial certainty in these times of financial uncertainty. With a life-income gift benefitting YDS, such as a charitable gift annuity, you can receive guaranteed quarterly payments from Yale during your lifetime. To learn more about this and other Planned Giving options, visit http://yale.planyourlegacy.org or call 203-432-5358/800-445-6086.


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